Obituaries

Caron Coons Davis

Caron Coons Davis, 61, beloved wife of Paul Davis, died peacefully on Friday, August 9, 2013, due to complications from a double lung transplant, and surrounded by family and loved ones.

Lonnie T. Byars

Lonnie Truman Byars, 67, a long-time Alaskan communication systems pioneer who was instrumental in implementing analog, satellite, microwave, digital, and fiber optic systems in Alaska, died June 28, 2013, at Providence Hospital in Anchorage after a lengthy illness beginning with a debilitating stroke he suffered in 2003. 

Carl Frederick Bannick Jr.

Carl Frederick “Fred” Bannick was a familiar face around Homer. He passed away Nov. 20, 2012. His family is holding a memorial service and military service for him at 3 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 15, 2013, at the Seafarer’s Memorial on the Spit. A potluck gathering follows at 5 p.m. at Kharacter’s.

“Come one, come all; bring your favorite Fred stories and a dish to pass;” his family said. “Fred was an amazing cook, so do him proud.”

For more information, call 399-3103 or Kharacter’s at 235-1455.

Shirley C. Henry

Shirley Cres Henry, 84, passed away, Sunday, Aug. 4, 2013, surrounded by her family at her home in Anchorage.

Memorial services will be held 4 p.m., Thursday, Aug. 8, 2013, at the South Anchorage Church of Christ, 7800 Stanley Drive, Anchorage. She will be laid to rest at the Hickerson Memorial Cemetery in Homer.

Harry John Buccilli

Longtime Alaska resident Mr. Harry John Buccilli, 71, passed away, Wednesday, July 31, 2013, at South Peninsula Hospital in Homer from amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS or Lou Gehrig’s Disease). 

Mark H. Matthews

Homer resident Mr. Mark Harland Matthews, 61, died Sunday, July 28, 2013, in Homer. 

Mark was born Nov. 19, 1951, to Harland and Alice (Smith) Matthews in Seattle, Washington. He grew up in Washington where he graduated high school as well. Mark has lived in Alaska on and off throughout most of his adult life where he lived in Ketchikan, Anchorage, Anchor Point and most recently Homer. He was a carpenter by trade throughout Alaska and Washington. Mark loved seeing new places and meeting new people.  

Kemper L. Sackman

Kemper Lane Sackman, 63, passed away in his sleep in Homer on July 25, 2013.

A celebration of his life will be held from 3-7 p.m., Aug. 17, 2013, at the Down East Saloon.

Kemper was born in Riverton, Wyo., on May 1, 1950, to the late Kemper Eugene and Lois Sackman. His mother was a teacher and thus, Kemper chose to commit his entire life to giving everyone else “an education.” 

Caroline Gill

Caroline Gill died peacefully of old age on Sunday, July 21, 2013, in Homer. She was 95. Born in Wheeling, W.V., to William Brownlee and Levancia Livingston Erskine on April 16, 1918, she was preceded in death by her sister, Nancy Jane; her parents; and her husband, John Joseph Gill.

Lewis J. Byerly

Lewis John Byerly, 55, died July 4, 2013, in Homer, doing what he loved: working on a commercial fishing vessel. A memorial is at 2 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 10, 2013, at the Seafarers’ Memorial on the Homer Spit, with a potluck to follow.

Martha B. Visger

Homer resident Martha Bernice Visger, 92, passed away June 28, 2013, at South Peninsula Hospital Long Term Care in Homer. A memorial service will be held Aug. 18, 2013, at the Moles Family Funeral Home in Bellingham, Wash.

Martha was born April 3, 1921, in Anchorage to a pioneer Alaskan family. Her father was Evan Jones, the father of Alaska coal mining. A mining engineer, Jones established mines throughout Southcentral Alaska, including Homer, where he founded the Homer Coal Corporation in the 1940s. He died in Homer in 1950.

Dorothy A. Kabisch

Dorothy A. Kabisch

May 24, 1919-July 27, 2013

Dorothy Anderson Kabisch, 94, passed away peacefully at home in Pasadena, Texas, on July 27, 2013. No services are scheduled at the present time.

Peter J.T. Janke

Peter J.T. Janke

June 3, 1998-July 20, 2013

Lifelong Alaskan and Clam Gulch resident, Peter John Thomas Janke, 15, died Saturday, July 20, 2013, due to an ATV accident near Clam Gulch. 

A celebration of Peter’s life was held at noon Saturday, July 27, 2013, at Peter’s grandmother’s house at Mile 118.4 Sterling Highway.

Sharon Howerton-Thomas

Sharon Howerton-Thomas

July 30, 1942-July 16, 2013

Homer resident Mrs. Sharon Andregg Howerton-Thomas, 70, died Tuesday, July 16, 2013, at South Peninsula Hospital in Homer. Per Sharon’s request, no services will be held. 

Jack W. Epperson

Jack Warren Epperson, 91, of Homer, passed away July 9, 2013, after a short illness at his home in Homer. Per Jack’s wishes, no memorial services are planned.

Gilbert F. Marick Jr.

Former Homer and Anchor Point resident Gilbert Franklin Marick Jr., 76, died July 6, 2013, at his home in Burlington, Kan., with his companion, Gretchen Hanson, at his side.

Gilbert was born on April 23, 1937, in Philadelphia, Pa., to Gilbert F. Marick Sr. and Gladys “Dixie” Erwin Marick.

Natalie C. ‘Cindy’ Kenison

Former Homer resident Natalie Cynthia “Cindy” Kenison, 53, passed away on Wednesday, June 26, 2013, at Brigham’s and Women’s Hospital in Boston with her loving daughter by her side. She was born in Fontana, Calif., on Aug. 11, 1959, and went to Exeter High School in Exeter, N.H. She raised three children and took in many others. She traveled to many places, but spent a significant amount of time in Homer and Palmer, Alaska, Colorado, California and New Hampshire. She lived in Homer from 1988-1992.

Martin C. Altman

Homer resident Mr. Martin Clarence Altman, 44, died Monday, June 24, 2013, at The Ark of Homer in Homer.

Memorial services are at 1 p.m. Saturday, July 6, 2013, at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, 2821 East End Road in Homer. There will be a potluck to follow at the church.

John “Jack” Jump

Homer resident Mr. John “Jack” Dallas Jump, 65, died Monday, July 1, 2013, at his home in Homer.

Memorial services will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday, July 7, 2013, at the Homer Elks Lodge, 215 W. Jenny Way in Homer. A family and friend memorial service will be held at a later date in Klamath Falls, Ore.

Patrick E. Zahler

Former Homer resident Patrick Edward Zahler, 87, died April 25, 2013, in Sacramento, Calif.

Born Aug. 6, 1925, in San Diego, Calif., Pat was raised in Carlsbad, Calif. He served in the U.S. Navy aboard the USS Hancock air craft carrier for two-and-a-half years during World War II.

After separation from the Navy, he worked for AT&T as a lineman. He met Marian McKenzie in 1948 in Carlsbad. They were married in 1949 in Carlsbad, where they raised their family of two daughters and two sons.

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